Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire

 

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I apologize in advance if this review seems vague or if I start to ramble–this book has shattered me almost as many times as Celaena’s been broken, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

 

It’s hard to form words right now.

 

This entire storyline exceeded every imagining I had for it. I would never have thought that this would be how the plot would develop, but it was so rich with new information and you get to see more of the story through new characters’ eyes that enhances just how epic a tale this is. It reminds me of Harry Potter, in a way.

 

I mean, I am a die-hard Potterhead. And reading the HP books was more than a journey, more than an adventure–it was an experience that took me so far out of myself and threw me so far into that world, that in a way the story became real for me. I was a part of it. Those characters are some of my dearest friends, and I feel connected with their fates on a level that I would with a corporeal person.

 

That’s how I feel about the characters in the Throne of Glass series, and that’s how I feel about myself when I’m reading these books.

 

And that is one of the hardest and most impressive things a writer can accomplish, in my mind.

 

And there is so much meat to this story, it’s incredible! I can’t help but to keep thinking of all the back stories that are so essential and complex and I wonder at how a person could have dreamed up this world. The intricacy of this tale is not lost on me, and Heir of Fire does not disappoint.

 

I am in awe of this book!

 

 And just when I actually believed that it was going to end on a high note, after all the turmoil and strife spilling out of this book, my feels were 

 

COMPLETELY OBLITERATED.

 

And Celaena! She is a character with so many surprises and so much depth–just when I think I understand her she reveals another sliver of herself and her past and I’m BLOWN AWAY. And with how much she’s forced to grow and all she has to withstand and awful circumstances she has to thrive in! She is strong and wild and fierce and broken and lost and

 

she is a

 

f  o  r  c  e  .

 

Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of Dorian and Chaol to be heard from, and not all of it is as bright and shiny as I’d hoped. I’ll have to wait until I’m a tad more composed before sifting through my emotions in regards to these two, because holy hell.

 

I have loved every book in this series even more than the one that preceded it, and it’s going to be difficult having to wait until the next installment. Sarah J. Maas, you are a Goddess of Writing–I am in complete awe of you and I thank you for sharing your stories with the rest of us mere mortals.

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

 

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

 

I haven’t participated in Top Ten in what feels like FOREVER, but here I am! And I am totally stoked for this one because there are countless books I have yet to own that I am DESPERATE to get my hands on. 

 

In no particular order, let’s check out these bad boys!

 

 

 

Midnight Thief

 

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Kick

 

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Winner's Curse

 

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebel

 

Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she does five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kiss of Deception

 

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Like Ashes

 

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Murder Complex

 

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talon

 

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Alice

 

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Son

 

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Soncontinues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Midnight Thief

Waiting on WednesdayHosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

 

 

 

 My Pick:

 

Midnight Thief

Midnight Thief
By Livia Blackburne
Publication Date: July 8

 

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

 

 

This only sounds inundated with INTENSITY. And enemies turned allies turned friends turned more than? One can only hope! I need this to release so that I can live in this story and watch it play out;)

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Defy

 

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

 

 

 My Thoughts

 

You set a book in front of me that has a female lead forced to masquerade as a man and own it, I’m sold.

 

I love it.

 

Not only is she a girl who has to pretend she’s a boy (for years), but she’s the most elite fighter in the Prince’s guard. She’s beaten out all the other guys, and they’re the best of the best.

 

BadA**.

 

From the instant this story opens, I was thrown right into her world and the tragic loss of her parents. I could feel her desperation and fear and apprehension of facing the unknown.

 

I was hooked.

 

Enter Prince Damian–how can you not swoon over this man? At first he seems petulant and, well, a complete brat if I’m being honest. But there’s something about his eyes where you can see that he’s not who everyone thinks he is. He’s caring and fiercely loyal to protecting his people, and to righting the wrongs his father the King has inflicted in his sadistic quest for power.

 

The one person I was confused about was Rylan. At first I just thought he was a good friend to Alex, and I could tell something was blooming between Alex and Damian, but it felt like all of a sudden Alex also had deep feelings for Rylan where I felt like there was only friendship. It seemed abrupt to me, but I do love Rylan’s level of friendship and devotion to protecting Alex. Well, except for when he’s acting like a punk once jealousy rears its ugly head. It’s the romantic aspect between him and Alex that I wasn’t convinced about.

 

What I saw of the world building and the conditions of the people were vivid–I felt nauseated reading about the breeding houses and devastated as Alex’s loved ones were killed. I felt the blossoming love and uneasy distrust and every other emotion present.

 

I do love this story–I love the premise and I love the fierceness and I love some of the romance. I just want the next book to bump it up on the fierce and focus less on the love triangle, you know? I want Alex and Damian together, and to have them fight for and conquer the problems in the kingdom.

 

I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel!

 

 

4/5 stars;)